Choose Your Tattoo Shop Wisely

Enfield Ct tattoo parlor, Torture Ink, is the premier tattoo shop in Connecticut and the surrounding areas. As an authority on the subject, Torture Ink is very aware of the safety of their clients, and they want to make sure that going to anyone other than a top-tier, well-trained professional could be dangerous, and could lead to severe consequences regarding the happiness or health of the tattoo recipient.

Tattoos and body art are rapidly becoming the mark of the 21st century. Over a quarter of those under the age of 30 have at least one tattoo. Whether they are compelled by the desire for personal expression, or just youthful spontaneity, most tattoo recipients get them without considering the health risks associated with going to the wrong establishment. Many feel that just because a place is in the “tattoo business,” they are proficient and sanitary. Unfortunately, this is far from the case.

Anyone getting a tattoo can do so with a very satisfactory outcome. It does, however, require that you exercise some common sense and make the right choices. Tattooing is an invasive, skin-puncturing procedure, so the recipient becomes subject to the cleanliness and sanitation of the artist and the establishment administering the body art.  A tattoo is a permanent piece of art that is administered by pricking the skin. Typically, a hand held tattoo machine is used. It acts much like a sewing machine, with one or more needles inserting tiny ink droplets under the skin’s top layer. There is a small amount of bleeding, and some pain, from slight to significant, depending on the size and location of the art being produced.

Upper echelon tattoo establishments, such as Torture Ink, go to great lengths to assure that each of their clients are well treated with the most sanitary methods in existence, assuring that no infection occurs due to a lack of care and cleanliness on their part. These are some of the precautions that are taken at Torture Ink:

  • The shop is kept clean and hygienic.
  • All needles, instruments and jewelry for tattoos and body piercing are sterile at the time of use.
  • The operators are free of any exposed cuts or wounds, and are dressed in clean clothing.
  • Health information on getting a tattoo is provided before the body art is administered.

At Torture Ink you will find a shop that takes every precaution to assure a clean, healthy environment in which you can feel confident as your body art becomes a reality. Any tattoo establishment should adhere to a few safety rules in order to be as sanitary and infection-free as Torture Ink. A tattoo artist should always:

  • Wash his or her hands at the beginning, the ending, and throughout the procedure each time a break is taken, or a phone is answered, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect the skin of the customer where the tattoo or piercing is to take place.
  • Wear disposable surgical gloves on both hands throughout the procedure
  • Assure that all of the instruments are sterilized
  • Never smoke, drink or eat during a procedure
  • Provide a complete set of instructions on how to properly care for your new tattoo or piercing.

The tattoo shop you go to can only adhere to their safety standards. At the end of the day, it is the tattoo recipient’s responsibility to follow the directions for post procedure care to avoid infection.

Piercing Connecticut One Body at a Time

If you’re in Connecticut, piercing of the body is readily available to you. There are several choices you can make regarding where you want to go to get it done, but we would highly recommend you go somewhere who will look out for your best interest. Of course, we are bias and should just tell you to come to Torture Ink. That is because we are the best. We use the most medically safe and sanitary methods available, and provide an array of body jewelry to choose from right in the shop. We will place your piercing anywhere you want, and we will do it safely and with expertise.

It is important to realize that when your body is pierced, it is inflicted with an injury; albeit an infliction with advertency. Because a piercing is intrusive to the body, it requires that care and precautions are taken to prevent any infection from setting in. Dermatologists at the Northwestern University conducted a study of the overall safety and medical consequences of getting body piercings. They focused their attention to the most common areas people get pierced; namely the ears, nose, tongue, nipple, naval, and genitalia. They found it to be relatively safe. The main issue of concern is infection, which can usually be avoided if the piercing is done properly, and the customer follows the after-care instructions. The dermatological study provided nine tips to consider before you get a body piercing. If all of these things check out, then it’s time to get pierced. If not, contact Torture Ink and let us help you with any questions or issues that may keep you from moving forward:

  • Do you have a pre-existing infection of any kind?
  • Do you have a history of asthma, hives or severe allergic response?
  • Will you have to remove the body piercing for work or contact sports?
  • Do you have a predisposition to hypertrophic or keloid scarring?
  • Do you have the right anatomy for the piercing you want?
  • Has your piercer been adequately trained?
  • Does the piercer review the medical history of the customer to screen for conditions that may predispose to infection?
  • Does the piercer use appropriate, site specific materials (such as nickel-free jewelry) to minimize the risks of allergy, infection, migration and rejection?
  •  Will you receive clear oral and written aftercare instructions?

The study conducted can be found in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology.

If you go over this list and still feel confident about getting your body pierced, then it’s time to come see us. Our piercers are all well-trained and very proficient at what they do. We use very high quality body jewelry to reduce the risk of rejection or infection. We have a large array of this body jewelry to choose from and our work is done in a clean, sterile environment right here at Torture Ink. If you go over this list and find things that are of concern to you, give us a call and let us walk you through any questions or concerns you may have. Remember, body piercing can be beautiful, but it is not permanent, so if you change your mind, you can do so without severe consequences.

Proper Piercing Procedures for Safety

Connecticut body piercing establishments are numerous, but like most anything else in life, no two are exactly the same. Torture Ink sets itself apart as the premier body-piercing establishment in the northeast. Their techniques and attention to detail, as well as their selection of fine body jewelry made of the finest materials, sets them apart as a leader in the tattoo and body piercing industry.

Whether it’s in the ears, the nose, or through other points in the skin, piercing the body has made its way into our culture as an acceptable means of self-expression. It is important to remember, however, that because the protective skin is punctured during the process, there are a few risks to be aware of and watch out for. Some of these risks include disease spread through the blood and allergic reactions to the piercing jewelry. That is why reputable piercers, like Torture Ink, go to great lengths to adhere to very strict safety procedures in order to protect their customers, as well as themselves. However, as of yet there are no standard piercing regulations.

If you do not go to a reputable, well-established piercing establishment, you will have nobody looking out for your safety. You should be looking out for your own safety anyway, but it helps to have a good shop on your side. It is important to talk about safety procedures with the shop before you get any work done there. Ask them specific questions about their process. Make sure that the shop is clean and sanitary, and that the body artist doing the piercing uses proper sanitation practices such as washing hands thoroughly, using new disposable surgical grade gloves and sterilized instruments and jewelry.

Customers should be aware that different piercings take different amounts of time to heal. This means that with some piercings there is a longer window of time for infection to set in. It is extremely important to follow the after-care instructions provided to you by the shop until the piercing is completely healed. Along those same lines, it is important to use the proper dressings; stay away from cleaning solutions that are not appropriate for piercings, such as hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol. These chemicals are harsh and could damage healing tissue.

There are home piercing kits available on the Internet. These make it easy for minors to get around the age restrictions that most reputable shops adhere to. These kits also place users at risk of infections and blood diseases. Procedures like this must be left to the professionals to avoid serious complications. According to the Association of Professional Piercers, one should stay clear of piercing guns; the type used at malls. There are parts of these guns that cannot be sterilized, which allows for a greater risk of infection.

Just as important as taking sanitation precautions, is using high-quality hypoallergenic jewelry such as that used by Torture Ink. We place a great emphasis on the cleanliness and safety procedures to assure that our clients will be best served in a sanitary fashion. We also provide body-piercing services utilizing the most sanitary, medically safe and least rejected piercing procedures (and jewelry) possible.  We have a huge array of body jewelry available on site, and will pierce any part of the body that the client desires. It is done right here in our clean, sterile and sanitary tattoo shop.

Hartford Tattoo Shops are Close to Torture Ink

Hartford tattoo shops, as well as those in the Boston area, Springfield and Bridgeport are all shops that share a geographical region with Torture Ink, located in Enfield, Connecticut. Torture Ink continues to set the bar for itself, as well as the surrounding tattoo communities, by continually looking out for its customers and sharing updated information on tattoos, piercings and their reputation in the community.

Body art and body piercings are becoming more and more accepted as a form of legitimate expression and creativity. In the bigger cities such as New York or Los Angeles, they have grown to be a large part of the cultural landscape. Going back three decades, one in a hundred people sported tattoos in this country. Today, it has increased ten fold to one in ten people having tattoos.

Even though our tattoos and body piercings have become rather mainstream in our culture, and even though society is becoming more accepting to the liberal creativity, there are still some workplaces that are not so welcoming to the ever-increasing art form. Some employers may tell you that in order to work for them, you cannot display any body piercings or tattoos while working. This is actually their right, as they are breaking no laws. The law only protects people who are discriminated against based on race, color, religion, age, nationality, origin and gender. However, your company cannot use tattoos or piercings as a reason to fire you, just to not hire you.

As discovered in a recent survey, employees and employers were polled about piercings and tattoos in the workplace. Sixty percent of the employers said that they would be less likely to hire an employee with visible tattoos or piercings, as they feared that it would reflect badly on the company. Some managers would rather let a good candidate for a job go by, than accept their body art.

As far as a reason why people would think less of a person with tattoos or piercings is perhaps because they associate these things with bikers, sailors, criminals and gang members, which is outdated thinking and completely stereotypical. While you may see it as self-expression or free speech, your boss may think it’s a sign of rebellion.

There are many employers that share this limited mentality of how their employees should present themselves. Surprisingly, one of the companies that do not allow tats or piercings to show is Starbucks. In order to work there, all tats must be covered and piercings removed.

The good news is that times are changing. There are employers that are embracing tattoo and piercing body art. Ford Motor Company allows everyone from the executive management on down to have whatever body art they want, with no restrictions, save they ask the factory workers to remove any piercings that may put them in mechanical danger. When Borders Books was thriving, they also allowed their employees to express themselves in the form of tats and piercings, as does Wahoo’s, a California based fish taco chain. Dutch Brothers Coffee is another business that allows free expression. These are just a few businesses of thousands that are seeing past the conservative stereotype of tattoos and piercings.

It is a good idea, however, if you are interviewing for a job, to take into consideration the fact that there may be restrictive policies regarding your body art, so think about covering them up until you know for sure.

Ink Individuality onto Your Body with Outstanding Body Art from Our Tattoo Specialists

If a picture says a thousand words, then Torture Ink can keep you talking for days on end with our custom tattoos. Make your mark more artistically with one-of-a-kind body art from our talented tattoo professionals in Enfield, Connecticut. Visiting our spacious body piercing and tattoo shop means you’re coming to the only physician-approved body art studio in Enfield. Stop by our tattoo shop today to choose from our wide range of body art, or create a tattoo of your own with help from our professionals.

Personalize Your Tattoo
Set yourself apart from other tattoo enthusiasts with superior tattoos from our shop. Whether you want a custom tattoo or choose 1 from our selection, you can count on it being created using a 1-time disposable process for maximum sterility. We tattoo in all kinds of styles, including freestyle, tribal, and script, and are also willing to work with any picture you bring into our tattoo shop.

A Word from Our Owner
After more than 20 years of experience in the industry, I decided to open this tattoo shop in the summer of 2006. My staff includes the most experienced tattoo artists in the area, and my shop includes the most sterile and sanitized tattoo and piercing environment available. You can enjoy private or group tattoo sessions within my state-of-the-art tattoo shop, or you can roam the property looking at all of the body art exhibited on the walls.

Is a Tattoo for Everyone?

The quick answer is “no,” a tattoo is not for everyone. Getting a tattoo is a grand event, especially if it is someone’s first time. However, it should not be done “on a whim.” Because it will be with you a lifetime, a lot of thought and consideration should go into it. Perhaps you want to make a statement, commemorate a life event, or memorialize a loved or admired one. You may just want to beautify your body with a work of art. No matter what the reason, careful consideration should go into this decision.

At Torture Ink, we can actually make a temporary tattoo of the design you are considering, so that you can see just what it will look like on your body. If you love the way it looks, and it is something you feel like you want forever, then it would be a great move.

One other thing to consider is that getting a tattoo is painful. Different people have different pain thresholds, so the degree of discomfort will vary, but there is pain involved while the procedure is happening. Obviously, the amount of pain one must endure depends on the area of the body being tattooed, as well as how big the design is.

If you are entertaining the idea of getting a tattoo, feel free to come to Torture Ink to speak to one of our available artists. They are experts at what they do, and will help guide you through the decision process, and suggest design ideas and considerations you may not have thought of.